Luther King Tournament)
round matchup in the 40th Annual Martin Luther King
Holiday Tournament at Melrose High School in Memphis,
Tennessee of two totally different teams. A veteran team
with four players in double digits
against a very young team in
where both schools have had a taste of state
championship success in the last three years with
capturing the gold ball in 2009 and the silver ball in
did the accomplishment last year. A mismatch from the beginning with
the Wildcats applying very strong defense all night long
causing the Tigers into 16 first half turnovers.
went into the half up only in single digits where the
lead stayed in double digits majority of the game 43-34.
17-14 but the
Tigers led with a 16-5 margin in the turnovers
steals in the first half to
Manassas 5. Assists
had a 8-5 lead over the Tigers.
Second half was all
Wildcat lead swelling as high as 28 points in a
demonstrative performance. Score at the end of the third
quarter was Melrose
total control of the game with a 78-52 advantage over
the Tigers. The fourth quarter was the same with the
Tigers not be able to muster any sort of comeback effort
as the Wildcats stomped any attempt immediately.
had an very impressive performance with 31 points, 7
rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals doing everything his
coach asked of him from running the team, hitting mid
range shots, drives to the goal, three point shots, the
whole package for the night in strong fashion.
signee Cedric McAfee at 22 points and 5 steals handily.
finished the game with a team high 19 points and 6
rebounds in another strong performance. Freshman
added 16 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists accordingly.
notched 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals
in another nightly great performance. Junior
points in a supporting role.
Key Points of The Game:
Melrose dominance the
entire and snubbing out any Manassas comeback attempts
in rare form despite all distractions the Wildcats have
received already in the early season.
By Staff Writer Harold Rivera